Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What do you eat?

Have you seen these images? I received them through a chain email. They are funny, fascinating, and slightly disturbing, all at once. (And often humbling.) The title of the email was "What do you eat?" and it appears to be a look at a family's food intake over a period of about a week. I'm not sure which countries are represented (though I can guess most of them.) Can you pick out the North Americans? (Look for the ones with the largest quantity of unhealthy, processed foods.)

What would be on your family's table?

I'm afraid that in spite of my new focus on healthy foods, there would still be far too much processed, boxed, sugary stuff on our table.

And if anyone knows the source of these images, please do say so! I know there must be some photographer or organization who has gotten ripped off as people have forwarded and forwarded these images without giving anyone any credit.
EDITED TO ADD: Thank you to Shannon of Some Fine Taters who knew from whence the images sprang! They are from a Time photo essay, and before that are from photographer Peter Menzel's book, Hungry Planet. (I'm buying it. First of all, I think it's a great concept, and second, I think it will be a wonderful tool to use when teaching my children about other cultures, food and nutrition, poverty and plenty, etc.) Check out the Time photo gallery- it has some other really cool shots.


Anonymous said...

My brother was telling me about this recently, but I had not seen it before.
That is an interesting way to think about how you shop, isn't it? Clark's attention was drawn to the people themselves - it seems that the smaller the amount of food, the happier the people look. Hm.

Shannon @ Some Fine Taters said...


These pics are from a Time photo essay: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html

Beck said...

I actually have that book out of the library RIGHT NOW. It's a fantastic look... after reading it, I am really less judgemental of the American family, who was participating to shame themselves into consistently eating better. It's a terrific book.